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Parents protest Ore. vaccine bill as measles outbreak grows

March 8, 2019 Health 0 Views Hundreds of people attend a rally Thursday at the Oregon Capitol in Salem, protesting a proposal to tighten school vaccine requirements (AP Photo / Sarah Zimmerman) Hundreds of people attend rally Thursday at the Oregon Capitol in Salem, protesting a proposal to tighten school vaccine requirements (AP Photo / Sarah Zimmerman) SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Hundreds of people protested a contentious vaccine bill that would make it harder for Oregon parents to opt out of school vaccination requirements. Parents spoke out against the proposal to rally outside the state Capitol on Thursday. The measure, House Bill 3063, would only allow students to opt out of vaccines if they have a doctor's note for an exemption for medical reasons. The move comes as more than 70 people have been sickened with measles in an outbreak in southwest Washington. Health officials confirm that four people in Oregon have been sickened as part of the outbreak. But parents say mandating vaccinations takes away personal and religious freedoms. There are not enough data on vaccine risks. Health officials counter that vaccines are safe and effective, and the best way to prevent sickness.

Hundreds of people attend a rally Thursday at the Oregon Capitol in Salem, protesting a proposal to tighten school vaccine requirements (AP Photo / Sarah Zimmerman)

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Hundreds of people protested a contentious vaccine bill that would make it harder for Oregon parents to opt out of school vaccination requirements.

Parents spoke out against the proposal to rally outside the state Capitol on Thursday. The measure, House Bill 3063, would only allow students to opt out of vaccines if they have a doctor’s note for an exemption for medical reasons.

The move comes as more than 70 people have been sickened with measles in an outbreak in southwest Washington. Health officials confirm that four people in Oregon have been sickened as part of the outbreak.

But parents say mandating vaccinations takes away personal and religious freedoms. There are not enough data on vaccine risks.

Health officials counter that vaccines are safe and effective, and the best way to prevent sickness.

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